Should they extend Lester’s contract?
World Series hero Jon Lester is entering the final year of his contract. If the Red Sox want to lock up the 30-year-old lefthander to a long-term deal, they’d be better off doing it now than letting it linger into the season. Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, also 30, signed a seven-year, $153 million extension in 2012, which may serve as a blueprint for the kind of deal Lester receives. Lester was 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in the postseason, with two victories in the World Series.